I'm reading, with a dictionary nearby. I had mentioned in this post that I was hoping to start reading some classic literature. When I stopped to think about it, I was quite amazed to realize just how few classic books I've read. I've always loved reading. But quite often I read pretty mindless books as a method of relaxation. Or parenting books with the hope of finding some miraculous bit of wisdom.
It seems I had a mental block regarding "classic" literature. Maybe it had something to do with Cliffsnotes? Obviously, if you need a book to explain a book, it must be pretty boring or challenging to read, right? That mental block is now gone.
The first book I chose in my new venture was Uncle Tom's Cabin. No dictionary was needed. It was interesting to read, heartbreaking, and inspiring. I am now reading Pride and Prejudice. I have benefited from the use of my dictionary for finding the definitions of words like filial, asperity, and obsequiousness. But for the most part, it is simple to understand and a very amusing read. Both are great books that I highly recommend.